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Emile Hirsch Does Hamlet, Plus Other Teen Takes On The Bard

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwick has a new angst-ridden project in the works: a remake of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Emile Hirsch is the tasty choice picked to play the passionate Prince. We can’t wait to see him strut and fret in ye old tight pants. While we’d happily watch the grass grow if irresistible Emile were lying in it, it’s a total bonus that this just happens to be one of our favorite sub genres—a twisted teen take on a Shakesperean classic. Since there’s nothing like a hunk who wants to school us in the ways of love, here are other modern blockbusters that have helped us avoid actually reading Shakespeare.

Josh Harnett and Mekhi Pfifer played b-ballers in “O,” battling it on and off the court in a jock strapping version of “Othello.” We just love it when men go aggro for the women they love, even if she’s Julia Stiles.



Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes starred in “Romeo + Juliet,” a hip version of the hanky worthy love story. Director Baz Luhrmann offered up serious visual hotness and the soundtrack sounded like ’90s teen spirit with the Cardigans, Garbage, and Thom Yorke. Plus, you can scope out cinematic knight in shinging armor, Leo, in an actual chain mail suit. Bonus!



Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles (dang, Shakespeare was her bread and butter) went wild in “10 Things I Hate About You,” an adaptation of “Taming Of The Shrew.” Beyond reciting classic love lines, if you’ve ever wanted to see the man sing, here’s your big, very sexy, chance.



Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Ben Foster, and Colin Hanks (Tom’s son) starred in “Get Over It,” a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” romp in which the high schoolers are actually putting on the play. It’s a play within a play, how Shakespeare. Although the dialogue isn’t really up to par, they somehow worked in “Thong Song” singer Sisqo.



Amanda Bynes cross dresses for a cause in “She’s The Man.” In this modern movie version of “Twelfth Night,” she goes under cover as a dude, seducing Channing Tatum. We can’t blame her, obvs.

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